L’Equipe pick Liverpool-PSG combined XI bases on current form – there’s no Salah

According to the bookmakers, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain are seventh and fourth favourites respectively to win the Champions League this season.

And yet they find themselves in the very same group alongside Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.

If they escape the Group C, they will both fancy their chances of going all the way in the competition.

And they clash at Anfield in the opening fixture, hoping to get off to the perfect start.

They’ve both got off to perfect starts domestically, though, with Liverpool and PSG sitting on 15 points after their opening five league matches.

However, the odds suggest Liverpool are slight favourites for the mouth-watering encounter due to it being played on Merseyside, rather than in Paris.

Liverpool and PSG have only met twice before – in the two-legged Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final back in the 1996/97 season.

On that occasion, Liverpool won the home leg 2-0 before PSG turned it around to win 3-0 to progress to the final.

With no meetings between the two sides in recent years, it’s very difficult to compare and contrast them.

But French newspaper L’Equipe have given it a go by picking their combined XI – and it’s rather interesting.

Jerome Rothen – the former PSG and France international – has picked the XI based on current form this season – which means both Mohamed Salah and Neymar have been left out.

But they’ve included Jordan Henderson – who has started just one match for Liverpool this season.


Anyway, here it is:

GOALKEEPER | Alphonse Areola

RIGHT-BACK | Trent Alexander-Arnold

LEFT-BACK | Andrew Robertson

CENTRE-BACK | Vigil van Dijk

CENTRE-BACK | Presnel Kimpembe


CENTRE-MIDFIELD | Jordan Henderson

CENTRE-MIDFIELD | Georginio Winaldum

RIGHT-WING | Kylian Mbappe

LEFT-WING | Sadio Mane

STRIKER | Edinson Cavani

Interestingly, the French publication have selected seven Liverpool players to PSG’s four.

But there’s one man that won’t agree with a front-three of Mbappe, Mane and Cavani – Jurgen Klopp.

When asked whether he’d swap his front-three of Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino for Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar, the German boss insisted he wouldn’t.

“I wouldn’t change them. But I watched Paris, I watched them last year and I watched them this year, and it is impressive,” Klopp said.

“They are good, really good, not only for Paris, but Kylian Mbappe, come on, what a World Cup he played. And Neymar we all know about his quality. Cavani, he’s just good.”